The descriptions below are based mainly on the information provided by the suppliers themselves.
has been providing legal software for over 25 years.
The company has over 1,600 firms throughout the UK and Ireland using their systems - probably more users
than any other supplier. Users range from the large multi-branch, city centre style of
firm to the high street practice and single practitioner.
The products available under the AlphaLaw name are as follows:
AlphaLAW-esprit is the legal professions most widely used integrated accounting, time recording,
reporting and document production system, specifically designed for the smaller high street firm or sole practitioner.
AlphaLAW-vantage is the fully integrated Legal Practice Management System, for the larger and multi office
firm of up to 300 fee earners. The component applications interconnect via a commonly shared relational database.
AlphaLAW-Vantages new CTI (Computer Telephony Integration) facility integrates computers and
telephones to offer law firms a new way to boost firm productivity and efficiency.
The new AlphaLAW-Vantage ePost facility is an integrated document scanning and management system
for firms wanting to manage inbound and outgoing correspondence. This facility, coupled with a scanner,
enables a law firm to transform paper documents into information that is easily integrated into
AlphaLAW-Vantage applications, such as Time Recording and Matter Enquiry.
AlphaLAW-Uno is a Microsoft .Net based Case Management system that provides extensive and advanced
workflow functionality for law firms, enabling the building of complex document based collaborative solutions.
This is a total redesign of case management in both approach and functionality and is a result of the experience
gained over many, many years in designing and supporting such systems.
AlphaLaw has been taken over by
Asdon Group is the leading provider of Digital Dictation and
Speech Recognition Solutions in Ireland. They are a Microsoft Gold Partner & Philips Master Digital Centre with
offices in Lisburn and Dublin. As a long established leading digital dictation supplier they provide implementation,
integration and project management service to Legal and Healthcare users in Ireland North and South.
Their solutions cater for installations across small, medium and enterprise sectors.
Digital Dictation Centre (in Ireland) covers
Voice Recognition and Digital Dictation. The Centre, based in Dublin, is a certified partner and trainer of
Dragon Naturally Speaking Software and Olympus in the Republic of Ireland. In particularly, they
supply Dragon Naturally Speaking 11 Software as well as the Olympus Digital Voice Recorder DS 5000 &
Olympus Transcription Kit AS 5000. The Talk Type Pro Solution provides Dragon Software, Olympus Microphone,
Transcription Kit and Digital Voice Recorder with demonstration, installation, training, and full technical support.
There is also good general information on the site about voice recognition and the benefits of digital dictation.
eXpd8 is a leading provider of practice management software solutions with over 2,500 users worldwide.
Designed for solicitors by solicitors, it helps law firms reduce overhead costs, maximise fee income, manage risk exposure and grow their firm.
All client and file activity is brought together in one screen, allowing users to find information quickly when needed, regardless of who created it or when.
eXpd8 Accounts integrates with the case management software to provide the seamless flow of activity on a clients file to the ledger card and
avoiding duplicate data entry. The system automatically creates a fully auditable trail on each file.
Fanore Software, based in Fanore, County Clare,
provide publishing and management tools. In particular, they offer a simple web management suite
suitable for the legal profession that combines easy to use
content production tools requiring basic computer skills (word processing etc.) and a full auditing trail
that enables suitably qualified personel to review and approve content changes before they are
published online. They also provide a range of document indexing and retrieval services that can be used
on an intranet. Clients include Simon McAleese, The Planning Tribunal, The Moriarty
Tribunal and the Morris Tribunal.
Harvest Software produce the popular Harvest Law management
accounting software for solicitors.
It is a powerful, easy to use system and is currently installed is approximately 500 solicitor firms.
Keyhouse, based in County Wicklow,
has been working with solicitors in Ireland for over 30 years, providing dedicated Practice Management software.
Keyhouse has the largest market share of the Top 500 law firms and in-house legal departments in the Republic of Ireland with the most comprehensive
product range in this market.
Keyhouse LawOffice is a full suite of practice management software incorporating a seamlessly integrated range of products including Solicitors Accounts,
Case and Document management, Time Recording and Billing, a Client Database, Case Diaries and Digital Dictation.
Keyhouse software is developed on the Microsoft platform and is tightly integrated with Microsoft Word and Outlook.
The Keyhouse management team have a hands-on approach to meeting clients’ needs and expectations.
Legal & General Software, based in Dublin, provide
Lex Solicitor Accounts Software. This is compliant with Revenue and Law Society Regulations, but above all
is easy to use and is supported by experienced Accounts personnel.
There are now Users in every County in Ireland.
They also supply Legal Precedent Software together with Computerised Requisitions On Title.
Legal & General Software are also the main suppliers of customized Accounts Software for Barristers.
Legal Evolve from Documatics is Case Management Software –
Designed for Solicitors by Solicitors. The system stores all the details gathered about a particular case
in one centralised location. All of the necessary information can be easily retrieved at the click of a button.
Storing all the information for a case in one convenient and central location allows your office to manage and
organise data more efficiently. Multiple users can work on the one case in concurrence, and the CheckIn/CheckOut
facility ensures that no one’s work is overridden.
It has been created through years of experience in the legal industry.
Legal IT is an Irish company based in Cork & Dublin that specialises
in the development and implementation of I.T. solutions to the legal industry.
Areas include financial & case management, practice management, digital dictation and remote bookkeeping services,
as well as back-office hardware and software support.
They are the Irish agents for TikitTFB's Partner for Windows Practice Management system (see also
In addition to providing software, they also operate a dedicated bureau accounts department for solicitors.
This provides bookkeeping and/or financial management services to solicitor practices of all sizes.
There are 6 dedicated staff in this department who range from fully qualified accountants to lecturers
from the Law Society.
LexisNexis is a leading global provider of content-enabled workflow solutions designed specifically
for professionals in the legal, risk management, corporate, government, law enforcement, accounting, and academic markets.
LexisNexis originally pioneered online information with its Lexis and Nexis services. A member of
Reed Elsevier, LexisNexis serves customers in more than 100 countries with 18,000 employees worldwide.
See main entry for LexisNexis here.
Opsis Ltd are an Irish company with offices
in Dublin & Belfast and have been providing software solutions to the legal sector in Ireland for over 20 years.
In that time OPSIS have established themselves as the number one provider of case management systems in
Northern Ireland and have a fairly substantial share of the market within the Republic of Ireland. OPSIS have a
client base of over 800 law firms throughout Ireland and the UK.
OPSIS now offers legal accounts as well as case management software with product solutions available for
sole practitioners to huge multi-national firms. The respective packages can be used independently or
fully integrated to provide a comprehensive practice management system.
Small Practice System (SPS): Offers smaller and start-up firms (up to 5 users) a fully integrated
accounts and case management system at an extremely affordable price.
Millennium Solo: A single user accounts system designed for sole practitioners and small firms. Affordable
monthly payment options are available together with clear upgrade options as and when your firm expands.
Millennium Legal Accounts: Provides comprehensive cashier facilities for your accounts department with
a wide range of management accounting reports for senior partners. Automated time recording facilities are
available within the Fee Earner’s Desktop plus user friendly fee earner performance reports.
Solicitor Case Manger: A generic case management system that offers extensive document production and
time recording facilities. It is fully integrated with Microsoft Outlook for task & diary management.
Practice Management System (PMS): A comprehensive practice wide system offering all of the technologically
advanced features the medium to larger firm requires in today’s busy legal office environment.
Weblink: An innovative on-line case tracking facility which allows firms to keep their clients and referrers
fully informed on the progress of their cases 24/7, 365 days a year. Opsis has been taken over by
Peapod Legal Office, based in Middlesex in the UK and Moira in Norther Ireland,
offers the LEGALOffice suite of products which incorporate PRINTAForm with over
1,000 legal forms. The forms are used in over 1300 firms. OFFICECase is a case management system
for high street firms and start ups, used in over 450 firms. This covers private and LSC work and
is fully integrated with the forms product for all complex LSC forms and meets all billing requirements.
It is simple to implement only needs one day of training.
For accounts, there is a product called STRONGBox which has been around for 10 years in various
past versions and now, in its Visual Basic version, is linked to the other packages.
This is also easy to use and simple to operate and is used by over 500 firms.
Solcara is a UK based software company that specialises in the
development, deployment and support of advanced search and knowledge management technologies and solutions.
The software helps organisations improve efficiencies, reduce costs, comply with increased regulation and mitigate risk.
They achieve this by connecting all essential information resources enabling them to be searched and accessed
via a single intuitive interface.
Solcara has become the solution of choice in the Irish legal market and supports
searching of commonly used Irish resources such as Firstlaw, Westlaw.ie, Justis, PLC, The Oireachtas and
The Irish Statute Book. Additionally, Solcara SolSearch integrates searching across
internal resources such as the Autonomy iManage (formerly Interwoven) document management system,
the library catalogue, and other searchable resources used across the firm. It does this without the need for
expensive indexing software and consultancy typically associated with other solutions.
T-pro is an Irish based Transcription House offering premium transcription services in
legal transcription, medical transcription and services to business in Ireland and the UK. Their fully trained transcribers are Irish
and have prior experience as legal or medical secretaries or in a business environment.
Their clients include large semi state agencies, some of Irelands leading law firms, top medical institutions, accountants,
surveyors, and individual practitioners.